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Live from St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery in Manhattan's East Village, The Poetry Project has promoted, fostered and inspired the reading and writing of contemporary poetry since 1966.

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Live from St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery in Manhattan's East Village, The Poetry Project has promoted, fostered and inspired the reading and writing of contemporary poetry since 1966.

    Ted Joans & Jayne Cortez

    Ted Joans & Jayne Cortez

    Ted Joans & Jayne Cortez by

    • 43 min
    Ntozake Shange & Gwendolyn Brooks

    Ntozake Shange & Gwendolyn Brooks

    Ntozake Shange & Gwendolyn Brooks read at The Poetry Project.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Amiri Baraka Symposium

    Amiri Baraka Symposium

    Amiri Baraka Symposium by

    • 26 min
    Youmna Chlala & Jennifer Firestone - January 29th, 2020

    Youmna Chlala & Jennifer Firestone - January 29th, 2020

    Wednesday Reading Series: Youmna Chlala & Jennifer Firestone— January 29th, 2020

    Hosted by Kyle Dacuyan.

    Youmna Chlala is an artist and a writer born in Beirut based in New York. She is the author of the poetry collection, The Paper Camera (Litmus Press, 2019). She is the recipient of a 2018 O. Henry Award, a Joseph Henry Jackson Award and the Founding Editor of Eleven Eleven {1111} Journal of Literature and Art. Her writing appears in BOMB, Guernica, Prairie Schooner, Bespoke, Aster(ix), CURA and MIT Journal for Middle Eastern Studies. She has exhibited at the Hayward Gallery, The Drawing Center, Art In General, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Dubai Art Projects, Hessel Museum of Art, and MAK Center for Art and Architecture. She participated in the 33rd Bienal de Sao Paulo, 2017 LIAF Biennial in Norway and the 11th Performa Biennial. She is co-editing a new series for Coffee House Press entitled Spatial Species (2021). She is a Professor in Humanities and Media Studies and Writing at the Pratt Institute.

    Jennifer Firestone is the author of five books of poetry and four chapbooks including Story (Ugly Duckling Presse), Ten, (BlazeVOX [books]), Gates & Fields (Belladonna Collaborative), Swimming Pool (DoubleCross Press), Flashes (Shearsman Books), Holiday (Shearsman Books), Waves (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs), from Flashes and snapshot (Sona Books) and Fanimaly (Dusie Kollektiv). She co-edited (with Dana Teen Lomax) Letters To Poets: Conversations about Poetics, Politics and Community (Saturnalia Books) and is collaborating with Marcella Durand on a book entitled Other Influences about feminist avant-garde poetics. Firestone has work anthologized in Kindergarde: Avant-Garde Poems, Plays, Songs, & Stories for Children and Building is a Process / Light is an Element: essays and excursions for Myung Mi Kim. She won the 2014 Marsh Hawk Press' Robert Creeley Memorial Prize. Firestone is an Associate Professor of Literary Studies at the New School's Eugene Lang College and is also the Director of their Academic Fellows pedagogy program.

    • 1 hr
    Harmony Holiday & Lily Jue Sheng With Nyle Genevieve January 10th, 2020

    Harmony Holiday & Lily Jue Sheng With Nyle Genevieve January 10th, 2020

    Friday Reading Series: Harmony Holiday & Lily Jue Sheng with Nyle Genevieve— January 10th, 2020

    Hosted by Nicole Wallace.

    Harmony Holiday is a writer, dancer, archivist, director, and the author of four collections of poetry, Negro League Baseball, Go Find Your Father / A Famous Blues, Hollywood Forever, and A Jazz Funeral for Uncle Tom. She founded and runs Afrosonics, an archive of jazz and everyday diaspora poetics, and Mythscience, a publishing imprint that reissues and reprints works from the archive. She worked on the SOS, the selected poems of Amiri Baraka, transcribing all of his poetry recorded with jazz that has yet to be released in print and exists primarily on out-of-print records. Harmony studied Rhetoric at UC Berkeley and taught for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. She received her MFA from Columbia University and has received the Motherwell Prize from Fence Books, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, and a NYFA Fellowship. She is currently completing a book of poems called M a à f a and an accompanying collection of essays and memoir, Love is War for Miles, both to be released this fall, as well as a biography of jazz singer Abbey Lincoln.

    Lily Jue Sheng works between moving image, collage, text, performance, and installation. Nyle Genevieve makes video art, comics, zines, music, and handmade apparel. They met in college at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and are both based in New York City. Nyle's series 'Winds of Change' and 'Never Sit' merge anthropomorphic existential crisis and female desire with doing everything yourself. She also plays drums for Nandas. Lily's video work 'Five Movements (五種流行之氣)' has expanded into select performances at The Knockdown Center (with Anjuli Rathod) and Roulette Intermedium (with Anjuli Rathod and Nyle Genevieve). 'Five Movements' uses cinema to describe feelings of melancholia -- the sensations of dreaming, and disrupting, myths surrounding the home. The third performance at The Poetry Project will include an expanded spoken word and unique subtitles in Shanghai dialect and English by Lily and a performed music score by Nyle.

    • 51 min
    Launch For Beautiful Aliens: A Steve Abbott Reader — February 24th, 2020

    Launch For Beautiful Aliens: A Steve Abbott Reader — February 24th, 2020

    Monday Reading Series: A Steve Abbott Reader— February 24th, 2020

    Hosted by Kyle Dacuyan.

    Join us in celebration of Beautiful Aliens: A Steve Abbott Reader (Nightboat Books, 2019) edited by Jamie Townsend, with an afterword by Alysia Abbott. In this long awaited, first ever retrospective of Steve Abbott's work you'll find writing, illustrations, and comics by this Gay Liberation hero and foundational Bay Area underground writer. Throughout the night we'll hear from the book's editor Jamie Townsend; Steve Abbott's daughter, Alysia Abbott; as well as friends, correspondents, and admirers of Abbott including Nayland Blake, Alexander Chee, Todd Colby, Ariel Goldberg, Hugh Ryan, Rakesh Satyal and Sarah Schulman.

    About Beautiful Aliens: A Steve Abbott Reader—

    The first retrospective collection of writing, illustrations, and comics by a hero of the Gay Liberation movement and Bay Area underground writing.

    Beautiful Aliens: A Steve Abbott Reader (Nightboat Books, 2019) is a landmark collection representing the visionary life's work of beloved Bay Area luminary Steve Abbott. It brings together a broad cross-section of literary and artistic work spanning three decades of poetry, fiction, collage, comics, essays, and autobiography, including underground classics like, Lives of the Poets and Holy Terror, rare pieces of treasured ephemera, and previously unpublished material, representing a survey of Abbott's multivalent practice, as well as reinforcing his essential role within the contemporary canon of queer arts.

    Steve Abbott (1943—1992) was a poet, critic, editor, novelist, and artist based in San Francisco.

    Jamie Townsend is a genderqueer poet and editor living in Oakland. They are half-responsible for Elderly, an ongoing publishing experiment and hub of ebullience and disgust. They are the author of Pyramid Song (above/ground press, 2018), and Sex Machines (blush, 2019) as well as the full-length collection Shade (Elis Press, 2015). An essay on the history and influence of the literary magazine Soup was published in The Bigness of Things: New Narrative and Visual Culture (Wolfman Books, 2017). They are the editor of Beautiful Aliens: A Steve Abbott Reader (Nightboat, 2019) and Libertines in the Ante-Room of Love: Poets on Punk (Jet Tone, 2019).

    • 1 hr 15 min

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